Canada’s Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada.

To be eligible for the Start-Up Visa program, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator or accelerator like Spark Centre.

Spark Centre Eligibility Criteria:

  • Ownership of a business that is generating revenue that is scalable, sustainable, and in the sector of technology and innovation.
  • Business model must be appropriate for this jurisdiction.
  • Submission of Business Plan, LinkedIn Profile(s), CV/Resume(s), Demo Video
  • The business is financially self-sustaining.
  • Applicant is willing to live and work in Durham Region area of Ontario.
  • Applicant is willing to use our immigration consultant to facilitate application process.
  • Applicant is willing to sign a one year Spark Centre service contract and participate in one of our programs.
  • Applicant will allow Spark Centre to conduct a due diligence process on your business, background, education and financial capabilities.
  • Applicant is able to fund business obligations for a one year period in Canada.
  • Applicant is able to meet business ownership and voting rights requirements.
  • Applicant is willing to work/co-locate at Spark Centre for the first year of operation in the province.

Immigration Canada Criteria:


  • Applicant is able to register business within 60 days of arrival to Canada.
  • Applicant is able to meet or exceed minimum language requirements, in either English or French.
  • Applicant is able to fund family obligations for a one year period of living in Canada.
  • Applicant is able to meet business ownership and voting rights requirements.
  • Applicant is able to pass criminal background check.


Spark Centre serves technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop and grow. We are dedicated to economic growth and sustainability in Durham Region and Northumberland County.

Spark Centre offers services to two platforms of clients: Community and High Potential.  Community companies are in the early stage of business development (idea & discovery), while High Potential companies are in the later stage (validation, efficiency, and scale)

Community clients receive: Online workshops & assignments for growth, face-to-face workshops, Market Intelligence services, access to networking events by Spark and our partners.  In addition, advisory by Spark staff is also offered.

High Potential clients receive: 1:1 advisory, Workshops, connections to investors and funding, access to networking

If you are an entrepreneur and are interested in joining Spark Centre through the SUV program, please fill out the application below:

If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for your interest in Spark Centre!